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whether the country moves forward to peace or falls back into violence. oscars blackout. a dispute over cable fees could leave millions with no way of watching one of the most popular shows of the year. spring break dangers. the u.s. government with a serious warning to students who are heading south for a week of partying. good morning, he everyone. i'm alex witt. this is "msnbc sunday." we begin with a monumental day in iraq. in just one hour from now the polls will close in that country. iraq is holding parliamentary elections for only the second time since the u.s. invasion seven years ago. this, as insurgents are trying to carry out their vow to try to disrupt the voting. there are reports of a number of people killed in mortar and grenade attacks today. richard engel is there now and has more. richard? >> there was an initial barrage of explosions and mortar fire just before polls here opened at 7:00 in the morning baghdad time. but, this is iraq. people are somewhat used to explosions after seven years of
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war and even though police say 20 people were killed, after just a few hours, quite remarkably, iraqis did start coming to the polls, coming to voting stations like this one to cast their ballots. this is seen as a major test for iraqi security forces. the iraqi government has militarized the state, putting all 600,000 of its police and soldiers on high alert. it's also a test for u.s. forces. there are just under 100,000 american troops still in iraq, and u.s. commanders say if this country, after the election, can remain relatively stable, then the american troop withdraw schedule can proceed on track. richard engel, nbc news, baghdad. and we'll keep an eye on things going on there. meantime another day of strong aftershocks in chile today following last weekend's massive 8.8 magnitude earthquake. at least seven significant aftershocks have rattled that country this weekend. the largest with a preliminary magnitude of 5.1.
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no damage or injuries have been reported. the aftershocks have been dangerously weakening those buildings there. two cargo planes sent from the u.s. have arrived in chile to provide emergency aid. the supplies will be distributed to the areas south of santiago. the u.s. is planning to send more supplies and resources this week. more problems with looters. dozens of people in a town south of santiago ransacked a fish cannery warehouse carrying away several boxes. soldiers managed to capture some of those loot years part of the country is getting a much-needed break from the rough winter. in parks along the east coast, getting a break from the snow and storms. in atlanta, some ran through the shooting water at the fountain in centennial olympic park. is this going to last? let's ask that of meteorologist mike seidel who joins us live. how is the rest of the country's weather? atlanta looks good. >> wait a minute. i want to ask you, you got a chance to get outside, 54 in the park, 8 degrees above average, was it just off the charts up
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there? >> it was almost spring fever bouncing in my step. it felt so great. don't be setting us back now, okay. >> no. we've got another great day today. get out of 30 rock there this afternoon, i promise you temperatures in the mid 50s. entire eastern seaboard in the sunshine and a little bit of a warmup from yesterday. yesterday wasn't too shabby. atlanta, 62, right where you should be. miami still running off the average of 80. who can complain about 73? showers around the dallas/ft. worth area. little rain moving towards chicago. shouldn't be any major slow downs at o'hare. in the southwest, rain in southern california. that is going to be moving out before the red carpet rolls out late this afternoon there for the oscars. now, as we get into the afternoon, notice temperatures in the pacific northwest not bad despite rain near 60 in portland and in chicago it will be rain, anything that falls will be rainfall. looking ahead to monday, back to work and school, east coast, still not too bad. we're going to have a weak cold front coming down, producing a few flakes in the mountains. another 50 plus degree day.
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heading toward 60 in philadelphia and washington. we'll be watching the southern plains, oklahoma city, dallas, houston, potentially some severe weather tomorrow, alex. could be a few tornadoes. remember, after all, it is the season for severe weather to start ramping up. >> thanks for that reminder. but we love what you're giving us today so far, thanks mike side jool a 19-year-old pilot and his flight instructor walked away from an emergency river landing in oklahoma. the plane experienced engine failure midair. the instructor was able to land that plane right in the arkansas risk jeer today fire fighters in south carolina hope to know what caused a fire that shut down a college campus. no injuries reported from the fire which appeared to be contained in the attic portion of a computer lab building at winthrop university in rock hill. heavy smoke could be seen from miles away as the firefighters worked to contain the fire from the roof. nearly 100,000 people around baltimore are spending the weekend without water after a huge water main burst yesterday. at first, public works officials had a tough time pinpointing the location of that leak.
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>> it's in a very heavily wooded area and so probably have to build a road through there to get to that main break. >> officials are hoping to restore water service to their customers by tonight. well, the biggest night in hollywood is hours away, but for millions, the oscar party has been crashed and that's because the plug has been pulled on the show for millions of tv viewers. msnbc's christina brown joining me now with more. what is up with this? >> oh, my goodness, alex. good morning to you. the lights certainly will not be so bright tonight for more than 3 million cable vision customers in new york. they likely won't be able to watch the oscars after abc's parent company disney switched off access to the channel in a dispute over payments. that means when these new york customers turn on their local abc be station, wabc, they'll only see this. video posted on youtube shows a graphic put up on the channel with a toll-free number. disney cut access to the channel
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because the company says cable vision charges customers $18 per month for basic broadcast signals, including abc, but then does not pass on any of that payment to disney. abc issued this statement. cable vision has once again betrayed its subscribers losing abc 7, the most popular station in the tri-state area. this follows two years of negotiations during which we worked diligently up to the final moments to reach an agreement. but meanwhile, cablevision says it already pays disney more than $200 million a year and that disney is seeking an additional $40 million a year in new fees. cablevision issued this statement. it is now painfully clear to millions of new york area households that disney ceo bob iger will hold his own abc viewers hostage the order to extract $40 million in new fees from cablevision. we call on bob iger to
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immediately return abc to cablevision customers while we continue to work to reach a fair agreement. now, for cablevision customers in new york, who want to watch the oscars tonight, the signal can actually still be pulled from the air for free with an antenna and new tv or digital converter box. alex? >> we went through this before. remember the whole food network and hg tv. that was for three weeks in january. >> hopefully won't last nearly as long. for the people that want to tune in to the oscars tonight -- >> you have less than 12 hours. good luck with that. >> strike a deal. >> christina brown, thank you. from there to politics. the democratic party divided over health reform. facing a series of ethics complaints, nbc's mike viqueira at his post as usual at the white house. good sunday morning to you, mike. >> good morning, alex. the president wants a vote on his health care bill by the time he leaves on a foreign trip to indonesia and australia on march 18th. with democrats divided and republicans unified in
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opposition, a presidential victory is still very much in doubt. . >> reporter: with the clock ticking on his health care bill, the president made a fresh plea for action. >> we are close, very close, so i ask congress to finish its work. i ask them to give the american people an up or down vote. >> reporter: while there is bold talk of ultimate victory. >> and we will pass the bill. >> reporter: it's unlikely to win the support of a single republican in congress. >> and we're going to fight and fight and fight and stop this massive takeover of the health care system in america. >> reporter: now, it's a divide among majority democrats that stands between the president and success on his signature issue. >> we will not support legislation that has public funding for abortion. >> reporter: some conservative democrats claim the bill would allow federal funding of abortions and facing a storm of public protests, democrats and republican leaning districts where health care reform is unpopular, are also withholding support. critics say congress should turn
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its attention to jobs. >> americans are asking, why focus on the health care reform rather than focusing on the fact that so many people are unemployed. >> reporter: and there are more problems for democrats. >> i'm a direct salty kind of guy. >> reporter: freshman eric massa is quitting congress in the wake of allegations he harassed an aide. veteran charlie rangel is stepping down from his post as chair of the powerful weighs and means committee after he was admonished for accepting corporate-funded travel to the caribbean. >> i should not do anything that would impede the success that other democrats. >> reporter: it's cause for democratic concern in the coming mid-term elections. >> democratic house members are just on the verge of panic. >> reporter: for the president, a hard sell to wavering members of his own party. >> when you're in fear of losing your own seat, every issue just becomes the exponentially more difficult and that's the problem that democrats are in right now. >> reporter: and alex, yet another contentious issue is
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immigration reform. remember that? the president says he still wants it and to that end he's going to have a meeting here at the white house tomorrow with two key senators to get an update on their efforts to pass a reform bill in congress this year. alex? >> this year? i mean, soon. he wants to do it before all the attention turns to the mid-term elections to which i say, good luck, mr. president. okay. thank you very much. mike viqueira. today on "meet the press," health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius on the president's push for a health reform vote in congress. will democratic leaders be able to unite their caucus in time? if it's sunday it's "meet the press." check your local nbc listings. still ahead, poker heist. gunmen storm a big tournament. just how much cash did they get away with? a live report from london next. body scanners, new airport screenings are about to be launched in a matter of hours. spring break warning. college students told to steer clear of several towns south of the border. on the rise, gas prices climbing higher. what to expect in the months to come.
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a building with historical ties to the hin den birg has gone up in flames in pennsylvania. the building just north of pittsburgh was destroyed in a fire yesterday. investigators believe the fire started in the workshop. no one was hurt. the ford made ashstrays for the german airship. tomorrow the tsa will start using full body scanners at ten more u.s. airports. those machines are part of a new security push by the obama administration in the wake of the christmas day bomb plot. will the pricey scanners prove effective or will they just open the floodgates to privacy complaints? let's get right now to michael sheehan, terrorism analyst and former head of counterterrorism for the new york city police department. good morning to you. >> good morning, alex. >> what do you think?
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how will these things help, hurt or work or not? >> they will help. are they worth the great expense and some of the questions about privacy. certainly there have been some questions about small amounts of explosives, the christmas day bomber had 3 or 4 ounces, might get through it anyhow and your checked baggage still gets through. it helps but not a guarantee. >> what is it the body scanners will pick up that has yet to be picked up before this? >> the latest trend by al qaeda is to try to smuggle small amounts of explosives hidden close to the body in sensitive body parts where people aren't searching as well. >> powders, like bags or something? >> 4, 5, 6 ounces better chance of picking it up with these scanners. that's the concern. quite frankly, al qaeda remains obsessed with civil aviation. that's what's driving this. >> okay. is this the kind of thing, i mean if you pad it around with something -- say an ace bandage, would this be seen under that? how much gets seen and then
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we'll get to the privacy question. >> this is why it needs to be tested. can it be seen? yes. a well trained person in a lab is going to check this stuff out. is it going to be seen by some, you know, minimum wage guy in a busy airport that has to be tested. i think the administration is going to place some of these in busy airports like o'hare and chicago, logan in boston, and we'll see how it works. i think the investment is worth it because again, this obsession by al qaeda to find more explosives and punch a hole in the plane and find ways to get them on the aviatiiatioaviation >> even from a public relations standpoint we're sending a message out this means business. this looks high tech. do you think would scare off some terrorists from trying something? >> some it will. al qae al qaeda will be looking at the technology to see if they can beat it. this is a cat and mouse game between security officials trying to stay ahead of al qaeda and them trying to find new explosives and focus again -- as you know me i don't overhype threats. civil aviation is one they
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continue to come back to. we have to stay focussed on it. >> when you look at the message sending -- being sent to al qaeda we are serious, we mean business, how much do they say, we mean business too and we're going to figure out some way to circumvent this? how much do they focus on other ways to get their job done? >> they will. that's why we're going to have to focus on other parts of aviation. when you look at this latest case in florida with this nut case driving an airplane in the irs, there's a case where someone circumvented civil aviation, had another way of attacking us in the air. we have to keep focused on aviation broadly because this scanner isn't going to prevent al qaeda from coming at us in that angle. and so i think we're going to have to stay focussed on this. again, as i want to mention again, alex, this is one of the issues where i would suggest as a terrorism official, you to invest resources and focus. quite frankly, on the security issue, i mean the public privacy issue, the bigger issue in the future is not these blurred body
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scans, but whether officials are going to pull people out of line based on certain profiles. that is probably in the years ahead going to be one of the more sensitive issues regarding the privacy concerns. >> big concern that was again right after 9/11 too. michael sheehan, thank you. >> thank you, alex. to a daring heist that seems like a scene straight out of a movie. a group of maved and heavily armed men stormed into a poker tournament in germany and stole the jackpot. police are trying to track the robbers who carried automatic weapons, machetes and hand grenades. joining us live from london, michelle kosinski. some story here. what happened? >> hi there, alex. this was a different way of going for the jackpot i guess. something you don't see every day. it was billed as one of the biggest, richest poker tournaments in germany. a thousand players going for four days. when all of a sudden armed robbers stormed the place in the middle of the afternoon in the grand hyatt in berlin's main square. at one point in this, which is
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caught on tape, you see a security guard throwing things at the bad guys. he even briefly captured one of the four robbers who reportedly had guns, machetes and grenades. one robber, though, frees his captured body wealding a piece of the furniture. on the casino floor, poker faces quickly disappeared as panic broke out. some people were even hurt diving under tables trying to escape. somehow, all of the robbers managed to escape making off with it's been reported more than a million dollars or nearly the entire jackpot. what might be more surprising is that all this was not enough to stop the tournament. the poker simply revved right back up within a couple of hours and an american was in the lead, alex. >> and any talk about inside jobs? where are they going with this in terms of the investigation? >> not yet. we were able to make contact with police in berlin. they don't want to give away any details. they won't confirm the amount that was taken or what kind of
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weapons these guys were armed with. it was tough to see really from the video, but it did look like at least two of the robbers were carrying guns and they had stocking caps on. they say they don't have any hot leads but they are talking to people at the scene. so far no arrests. these guys were able to get away with bags of money in the middle of the day in this busy square. so, i don't know, maybe the crowds helped them instead of hurt them. alex. >> so right. it does sound like something straight out of a movie. michelle kosinski, thank you. still ahead, gas prices rising again. how high they could go in the weeks and months to come. we'll talk about that. later, a dubious honor for sandra bullock as she gets ready for tonight's oscars. it's coming up here on "msnbc sunday." ♪ wouldn't softer feel better? try ultra downy. it softens fibers better than detergent alone, for a deep-down softness.
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the prime minister of greece tuesday, days after the greek parliament approved drastic spending cuts and tax hikes aimed at cutting that nation's massive debt. more earnings reports this week including h&r block. expected to report lower earnings with more americans out of work fewer people are filing tax returns. plus, "forbes" magazine will tell us who's the richest of them all when it releases its list of the world's billionaires. let's go now to the prices at the pump. they are creeping up again. the national average of a gallon of gas today is $2.74. a month ago it was $2.66 a gallon. a year ago it was $1.94 a gallon. these numbers are all from aaa's daily fuel gauge report. joining us from the nbc bureau in washington is rhonda, energy expert and former associate deputy secretary of energy in the bush administration, that being bush '43. good morning, nice to see you. >> good morning, alex. good to see you too. >> where are oil prices going and what's that going to do to our wallets? >> right. alex, the oil prices are going
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up, and that's due to two factors. you know, gas prices are always connected in some way to the economy and right now, we have better than expected unemployment rates. the unemployment rate drops. what does that translate to? more commuter driving and overall, more demand for energy. so you're going to see that increase in oil prices, which translate in turn to increase in gas prices. but the second factor, of course, is we're entering into the spring driving season. so traditionally, that's an increase, again, in the commuter driving during the spring season going into the summer, but also, refineries have to switch over their blends for pollution controls and when they do that switch over into blends, the summer blends, spring/summer blend is more expensive than the winter blends right now. >> so oil in terms of price per barrel is going how much? is it $81? sh sf. >> right. closed on friday about $81, which generally will translate into the prices you're seeing at
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the pump. it's expected if oil prices do go up, one of the factors that you're going to see in the gas price increase will be the price of oil. there are other factors, of course, as well, transportation costs, you know, taxes, and whatnot. refinery costs and, again, refineries are switching over their blends, but also, refineries held back in their supply because of the economy. now that demand increases, with the lower supply rate, you're going to see, you know, economics 101, the price of oil and the price of gas increase. >> that will stay, you think, through the summer? >> yes. i think for the summer we're going to see that increase. we typically do see it, but again, because of the economy is in check right now, people are still a little nervous, we don't know what's going to happen this year with respect to the numbers, but things are looking fairly good and as we anticipate a better economy, you're going to see the gas prices reflected in that. >> okay. rhonda, as always, many thanks. >> sure. good to see you. still ahead, spring break is here and there's a new travel
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as voters head to the polls in iraq today, insurgents are making good on their promise to attempt to disrupt the election. the associated press says 26 people have been killed in the violence aimed at voters. those voters are showing up anyway. they are casting ballots to elect 325 new members of parliament. retired u.s. army general barry mcafee a military analyst and glad to have you. good morning, sir. >> good morning, alex. >> what is at stake in iraq both for the iraqis and the united states? >> a lot obviously. for starters, we've got to get out of iraq, so currently, we're programmed to have all of our combat troops out by the end of the summer and be completely withdrawn a year later. the challenge, alex, it seems to me, is not the democratic election. huge voter turnout,
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tremendous -- 89 some odd parties competing for 325 seats. the problem will be, can they govern the country? can they form a government after this election? that's really the question in my mind. >> okay. if these elections are deemed successful, in your judgment, how do we then view the whole iraq experience there, this war experience? i know it's going to be left to historian s ultimately, but fro your vantage point? >> we've had 36,000 wounded and killed. we've spent arguably $500 billion at a minimum. the question will be, a year from now, is iraq a governing state that isn't a threat to its neighbors or its own people? my inclination is, they probably will make it, but the jury's out and the dispute will be decided, not just by today's 19 million voters, but whether they can hammer out some kind of consensus, politics instead of killing each other? they're about 96,000 troops in
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iraq right now, half of them are combat troops. the president says he plans to bring back combat troops by august. the plan for all u.s. troops to be out of iraq by 2011. do you see that happening? >> i do. i think there's no stomach in a part of the american people to intervene again if things get off track. if there's a huge outbreak of violence, i don't think we're going to intervene and separate the warring parties. right now, the one remnant we're doing, general odierno has considerable presence in the north around kir cokuk and mosu separating the abrabs. we're not going to maintain internal order in iraq again. >> how much have the iraqi peoples themselves changed in terms of their attitude, in terms of their willingness to harbor or support any sort of terrorism activities? has that dropped down precipitously? >> of course, i'm not convinced they were ever really a major
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source of international terrorism. they were -- essentially what we watch in iraq is since the end of this despotic cruel saddam regime, which was a threat to its neighbors and our national interest, we've seen a civil war going on in iraq. that's been the problem. how do you get three warring factions who have reason to despise and distrust each other, how do you get them to govern the same state which is blessed by a lot of oil and a lot of water. the answer has eluded the iraqis for a long time. they may be on the verge of being able to sort this thing out. certainly there's some indication of a greater willingness to compromise. it will be interesting to see if mr. uh-huh which and his secular sunnis do well. the polling numbers are good. that's a number i'm going to watch for later today. >> quickly, general, in iraq's darkest days there were those that said we long for the days of saddam hussein because things
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were at least kept under some sort of a control. do you think anyone echos those sentiments anymore. >> oh, yeah. i think you see that frequently out of the common man, to include in many cases to my astonishment, the shiites who were just brutalized by the saddam regime. there is an argument that they don't understand the democratic part. they want security, they want governance, they want stability, predictability, and they may well end up with that, you know. it's not impossible to believe there will be an authoritarian regime? iraq in charge in a few years. >> always a pleasure, thanks so much. >> good to be with you, alex. an 11-year-old who survived a fatal tour bus crash in arizona is being honored as a hero by the response workers who were on the scene there. oscar rodriguez got his very own fire department patch as a thank you. rodriguez, who was thrown out of that bus on friday, miraculously was able to get up and help paramedics who were facing a
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language barrier with most of the passengers. here's one responder had it to say about the boy hero. >> stepped up, he helped to translate spanish to english getting patient histories, telling us what was hurting on people and at the same time not telling us about his own injuries and grinning through the pain until there was nobody left around, we said what's wrong, my chest hurts. >> there's a great kid right there. 11 years old, a true hero at that very young age. other stories, more toyota drivers are filing complaints about having their cars fixed. they say their cars have sped up by themselves, even after being repaired to correct the problem. as part of two recalling involving more than 8 million vehicles worldwide toyota is installing special medal shims and shortening gas pedals to try to solve the problem. investigators want to know if worker fatigue played a role in a deadly plant explosion in connecticut. six workers died in the blast at clean energy systems plant in middletown last month. and heavy snowfall across germany caused almost 500 car
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crashes. one person was killed. at least 51 others injured. traffic jam stranded thousands across that country. one backup, in fact, almost 22 miles long. could have been the new jersey turnpike. moving to vice president joe biden who heads to the middle east this week. he's going to meet with israeli, palestinian, egyptian and jordan yan leaders. he's expected to announce israelis and palestinians are resuming talks. the u.s. has been trying to get both sides back to the table after negotiations collapsed in late 2008 after israel's offensive in gaza. tomorrow, president obama will focus his attention on yet another hot button issue, immigration. the president will meet with republican senator lindsey graham and chuck schumer. those two have been working on an immigration reform bill since last year. why is the president taking on thins issue -- this issue now with health care, the economy, two wars, middle east peace, all the top of his agenda? is the president taking on too much? let's turn to our political panel to talk about it. karen hunter, a prize winning
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journalist and professor at hunter college, edward williams, democratic senatorial aide and nicole who is a senior fellow with the independent women's forum, all join me. good morning to you all. >> good morning. >> okay. we're going to start here with having me read you all a line from "new york" magazine on the article about the president's meeting with these two senators tomorrow, graham and schumer. quote, okay, it's official, president obama is a massa consist. i mean seriously, when you look at this, everyone i spoke to yesterday as well, this was the front page in the "times" about immigration. really? you're taking this on now, karen? >> yeah. and immigration is one of those issues that will resonate with the tea baggers. he really must be a person that is a gluten for punishment. they're licking their chops, you're going to take on this, our country, we want our country back, those people? they're coming for him. >> okay. so he takes this on now. to what effect? i mean, this is -- >> this is a part of the problem, though. he's attacked when he does work and he's attacked when he isn't
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seeming to be addressing the issues that americans are concerned about. the truth of the matter is, there are 11 million americans who are immigrants and the truth of the matter is, that 57% of those are mexican-american. and so, these are issues that matter to the people. we can't act like -- >> it's about timing. no one says he shouldn't do it, but why now? education was up there. he's doing a lot. it's too much. >> nicole -- >> why not now? >> the split here. how about you, nicole, can you weigh in, why now versus why not now? >> he's nothing if not ambitious. but i don't think this is necessarily a republican or a democratic argument because there are certainly republicans that have advocated immigration reform. this is something that mccain certainly lost his party support on but he had been for it in the past. there are democrats that are against immigration reform. i don't think this is necessarily he can -- he should push now or shouldn't push now. >> do you think that maybe the president's agenda has been pushed a little bit by these
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immigration reform rallies across the country, a big one in washington, d.c., on march 21? >> i think so. i think it's an important thing he should be doing. the path to citizenship program he's proposing is something that a lot of latino americans who supported him during the election actually believe in. so to claim that president has so much on his plate, the truth of the matter is we're in a position now where america has a lot to deal with. so why shouldn't he be addressing all of these issues? >> speaking of timing, let's listen to what the senator obama said while on the campaign trail relative to immigration reform. let's take a listen. >> i do not want two classes of citizens in this country. i want everybody to prosper. that's going to be a top priority. >> okay. top priority. top priority. >> everything is a top priority. >> everything is a top priority. how far are we into this administration now, why hasn't anything been done on immigration reform prior to this? >> not to my knowledge. i do think it's an important issue. but it's too big. we have to get something done
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first. can we get health care done, can we fix education, can we fix the wars? i mean it's like so many things in the air, and most of us, even those of us who supported him are rolling our eyes, come on. >> if people are rolling their eyes, do you think people really expect something to get accomplished, over, said, done with, issue, check, get it off the table or is this starting a conversation that will happen now before the entire focus of capitol hill turns to the mid-term elections? >> i love this conversation. i think it's something we need to happen. i think it's a great economic issue as well. the cato institute had a recent study showing if we increase temporary workers by 80% it would be $100 billion increase over ten years for american families in terms of their standard of living. >> okay. >> i think it's something we need to address. >> how about the strategy of addressing it now, everybody? i'll point that to you to, addressing it now, gets it over in the first half of his administration, doesn't have to deal with it in the second half of his administration where it
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gets closer to his re-election? this is a hot button issue. >> what's great about the way he's approaching this, he's trying to build bipartisan support, schumer and lindsey graham the ones working on this. this is not something that's going to take away from the president's agenda. he's not going to have to focus that much time. what's important about it now, he's lending his or ra to it, at is were. >> you get down -- >> he said that about health care. you seen what happened with that. >> do you think this is actually something the president puts on his agenda looking at his own platforms, his re-election four years from now, get it done now because again hot button the big word used to describe immigration. >> he has to get it done. we've seen in the past, hasn't been that long, hasn't been in office that long, too many things he has not completed. he couldn't even get don't ask don't tell through and that's just a swipe of a pen. give me a break. >> nicole, quick, along the vain with the hispanic population we referred to, a growing influence, how hard have they been pushing the administration to get on this? >> certainly as you mentioned, there will be rallies in d.c. on
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march 21st, so this is something -- he made a lot of promises on the campaign trail and his administration needs a win. but i think this is something that as everybody pointed out, there is bipartisan support to do something. there's a lot that needs to be done. i don't know if a comprehensive bill is the best way to do it but we need to expand our temporary guest worker program and streamline the process as it exists. >> nicole, edward, karen, you guys are all going to be back, talking david paterson and new york politics. that's going to be fun. we'll be back with that. still ahead in our next hour, the trouble with the latest unemployment numbers. hear from one guest who says right now the economy should be adding jobs, not losing jobs, at a slower pace. your body needs water...
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supporting actress. and plastic tents are covering the red carpet at the kodak theater where tonight's oscars will be held. it rained in los angeles last night, but the forecast calls for clear skies for tonight and that has, you know, publicists and stylists across the city of los angeles breathing a sigh of relief. if you have not filled out your scorecards yet you have a few hours before the oscars are handed out. like any hollywood blockbuster this year's festivities are not without the controversy. get the details from michael, entaint columnist for the village voice and author of "la dull chi musto." congratulations on 25 years with the village boys. >> a few parties for michael and he's still feeling ramifications from it. let's get to first of all a lot of p.o..ed people in new york, the cablevision thing not going to be able to see the oscars. what up with that? >> that's some sort of a dispute. what do you suggest people do? >> i have a feeling there will be a last-minute call from the governor or something to resolve
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it. there are going to be 3.1 million people lined up outside my door. i don't have room on the couch. i'm sorry. >> you don't -- >> this is the entertainment olympics, people care and will find a way to see it. not to my house but go to bars, other states, whatever it takes. >> do you think they might for one night give the oscars and go back to this standoff you're hoping? >> i'm hoping. if not there's going to be a blow to the telecast trying everything to trump up the ratings, two hosts, ten nominees for best picture, no best song presentations. remember jiho? >> why did the best song go out? a lot of people do love to see it. come on. >> wufr' seen it -- you've seen it. >> even people who care start turning to reruns of "forensic files." these songs are not memorable, they don't resonate. the days of "you light up my life" are over. even "rain drops keep falling on my head" is over. >> i'm feeling the love it's good they're over these days. can we get to sandra bullock. a woman on the verge of potentially winning her first
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oscar but yet wins the razzie award this weekend too. >> i saw "all about steve" and she did deserve it. she plays like a 48-year-old who lived with her parents and stalks bradley cooper and you're supposed to like her. she's human, that's what we like about her, she makes choices not all good. could be the first person to win the razzie and oscar in the same year. halle berry won it in different years. even meryl streep isn't meryl streep. what we like about her she's miss congeniality who makes fluffy movies. she has the chops. >> i love "the blind side" amazing, channeled this woman. real life person, she played her. you mentioned meryl streep. meryl streep is perennially the most -- she's always nominated it seems. nearly every movie she does she will get nominated practically. she has to the won awards befitting the number of nominations. >> no. >> it's been two plus decades since her last one. >> 27 years or so since her last one. one for lead, one for
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supporting. i feel she should win every year. but the feeling is, they measure her work against her best work. so "julie and julia" is not comparable to "sophie's choice." she's been honored already, that's bogus. give her another one. >> "hurt locker" little drama around that one, what do you think, ledge it, the fact that producers sent out e-mails support me instead of a $500 million "meaning "avatar." >> he broke the rules. you're not supposed to do negative campaigning. you're not supposed to put out e-mails trashing the other -- >> it's worse than politics. >> much dirtier. not supposed to trash the big $500 million with more blue people than a laddie ga ga concert. guess who's presenting best director, a tip-off to who oscar thinks is going to win, barbra streisand, bitter she never was nominated because she's a director. >> might have the x. >> katherine biglo the first woman to win.
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i wish biglo hated james cameron a little bit more. >> get along? >> unfortunately they're friends. >> okay. >> i'm glad we're friends and had my coffee before you got on the set. thank you very much, michael. still ahead, a rare emergency landing, a pilot forced to land his plane on a river. you're watching "msnbc sunday." n look like a picture in a magazine with the better homes and gardens spring line. and it's only at walmart. get unbeatable prices on the entire line of better homes and gardens furnishings. it's enough to spark anyone's imagination. the look you love costs less at walmart. vo: save money. live better. walmart.
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a new plea this morning from the mother of a british boy kidnapped in pakistan. robbers kidnapped the boy and demanded a large ransom for his return. reports in britain say his father has been contacted ab ducters on friday who told him the boy is with us and we will call you later. the boy's mother is distraught. >> i'll forgive you. we'll forgive you. all i want is my son back. you should know. you may have children yourselves. you probably have children same age as my little boy. you should have it in your
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hearts to please give us back our baby. >> he and his father had been visiting the boy's grandmother in central pakistan. he was taken from her house the same day they were scheduled to return to britain. new this morning the u.s. government has issued a travel warning for one of the biggest spring break destinations. students are advised to avoid mexico over the break, city nears the border. where drug violence has increased recently. for more i'm joined live by former fbi profiler and msnbc analyst clint van zandt the author of "facing down evil" good morning. >> hi alex. >> this unofficial spring break season begins tomorrow, hundreds of thousands of students will be traveling. what do we need to know about the travel, particularly mexico? >> we don't want to beat up on the mexican tourist industry too bad, but alex, certain places in mexico that are very dangerous. last month, i read where a catholic priest was murdered, they were trying to steal money from him. there was bodies in numerous places found along the roads
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that have been hacked to death, beheaded with initials of drug gangs cut into them. alex, listen, two primary drug cartels in mexico have over 100,000 soldiers within them. the mexican army only has 130,000. so, you know, if your kids are going down there, if your kids are one of the hundred thousand plus that are heading south of the border, number one, know that cops and military, can arrest you for just about anything. number two, they don't always wear uniforms or suits. they can be in plain clothes and bad guys dress up just like their cops. number two, always travel in groups of at least two or three. alex, i say three because i hope one person will keep his or her sense, won't drink too much, and can run for help and the other two can kind of take care of each other. parents, know where your children are going, know how to contact them, have copies of their passports, credit cards, and make sure your cell phones,
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your blackberries that constant device that's welded to your hip, will work in mexico or a foreign country in case you have to call for help. >> you know what, clint, you're giving a sobering picture and i'm thinking if i'm a parent and your kid -- let's be specific, though. with regard to the towns, it's the ones along the border. those kids maybe going to cancun, cabo, other places that might be popular, those are okay at this point? we haven't seen the uptick in violence there? >> and that's a good balanced approach to this, alex. as long as you're going to a resort area, you stay within the resort area, you don't go off on your own, you keep your head about you, you drink from sealed containers, if somebody gives you a drink and it's foamy or it's cloudy or anything like that, throw it out. get yourself a fresh drink. don't tell people where you're staying. don't go wandering off with strangers. it was just five years ago, that nat ta le holloway disappeared in aruba while she was on in her case a graduation trip.
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same thing with spring break. we have to balance it. we have to go to these places knowing we want to be a wise consumer of where we're at. >> okay. super good advice from you, for parents and kids who want to check this out, go to clint's website it's livesecure.org. lots of tips on how to keep you and your family safe. thank you, clint, for the head's up. >> thanks, alex. still ahead, it sounds like a movie plot but it was the real deal in berlin. a group of robbers storms a poker tournament and gets away with big money. those details in our next hour. so, what's the problem?
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